Okinawa Tourist Service issues guide booklet for Muslim travelers

Okinawa Tourist Service issues guide booklet for Muslim travelers

Okinawa tourism booklet for Muslim travelers.

November 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City-based Okinawa Tourist Service has issued an English version of the booklet entitled “Muslim friendly Okinawa.” On November 12, Yoshikazu Higashi, the president of the Okinawa Tourist Service, and Yoshiyuki Uehara, the chairman of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) introduced the booklet at the Okinawa Prefectural Government.

The booklet has 32 pages and is A4 size. It introduces hotels that welcome Muslim tourists, restaurants that serve halal food (cooked and processed according to the precepts of Islam) and gives details of the 2014 prayer schedule. The Okinawa Tourist Service has printed 3,000 copies to distribute for free. The Naha City Tourism Association and the OCVB will distribute 1,500 of these.

Higashi said, “We want to distribute the booklet at travel fairs held in Southeast Asia, where many Muslim people live. We make use of it as a promotional tool for Okinawa tourism.” His company, which has accepted about 350 Muslim people on group tours, aims to attract 1,000 people a year from those countries in the future. Uehara stressed, “Our priority has been to try to attract tourists from China and Taiwan, but in the future, we want to attract tourists from countries such as Indonesia and Thailand, where many Muslim people live.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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